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It is, unfortunately, awfully difficult to revisit Tim Burton’s Batman with an impartial eye in the wake of Christopher Nolan’s genre-defining Dark Knight trilogy and now, of course, Affleck’s Batman. However, you don’t get Nolan’s Batman –  heck, the very idea of Batman, his modern age personification, might never have been realized had it not been for 1989 Batman. Despite Frank Miller’s The Dark Night Returns and other defining Batman comics of the time, for most children of the 80’s, and for fans of yesteryear, their idea of Batman was predominately localized to Batman 66 reruns and Hannna Barbera’s Superfriends. Burton’s Batman came along and forever changed the identity of the caped crusader. Burton effectively echoed the visual style of the original Bob Kane comics while conjuring up a Gothic world of his own. His vision for Gotham and its ranged cast of characters is impeccable. It set the standards for Batman and modern comic book films.

Batman 1989 holds a very special place for many a Bat-stalgic heart, and to it, are open wallets.  While there is a treasure trove of goods, old and new, commemorating the landmark superhero film, consider what the fine folks at NECA Toys are offering. For one of the biggest superheroes of all time, NECA decided to go, well, big.  (more…)

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Based just outside of Paris, Soo Cosplay is making waves in the French cosplay scene with her intricately detailed cosplays. While the accuracy and realism of her costumes and props could not be achieved with serious hard work and dedication, what really defines Soo is her sense of joyfulness and her love of play. Through cosplay, a lot of people find a way to connect with the part of them that still experiences the world with a sense of childlike wonder. Of all the cosplayers working today, Soo embodies that perfectly, creating cosplays with love above all else and letting the results speak for themselves. (more…)

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Stuart Bray knows a thing or two about making monsters. The rogue’s gallery of his 20-year special effects career includes Shaun of the Dead’s zombies, Doctor Who’s Autons and a whole host of wounds and disfigurements featuring in everything from The Mummy Returns to Saving Private Ryan, and now most recently Doctor Strange. When Directors and producers want someone to get audiences squirming in their seats, Stuart’s the guy they’ve got on speed-dial. We caught up with him to have a relaxing conversation about terrifying monsters, blood-soaked mayhem, and the importance of keeping things messy in an increasingly digital world.  (more…)

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If the year 2016 is remembered for one thing in the annals of film history, it might be that our expectations were so high that it was almost impossible for most films to meet them. That’s true in a financial sense as well as a creative one, and perhaps there’s no better example of that then Star Trek: Beyond. While the third film in the rebooted Trek universe (the so-called “Kelvin timeline”) produced by J.J. Abrams fell about $100 million short of the box office of its two predecessors, it was still received well critically. So where was the disconnect? Where was the enthusiasm for Beyond? (more…)

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With more than fifteen years of cosplay under her belt, Lindze Merritt is a veritable veteran of the scene. The daughter of a seamstress, costume creation was in her blood from day one. As well a creating a whole host of incredible cosplays to wear at conventions all over the world, she has spoke on panels, judged competitions and has applied her expertise to creating the perfect make up for everything from film to theatre to weddings. Now, her beauty work takes up a lot of her time, but she takes every opportunity to pass on her love of cosplay to her young daughter. (more…)

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Despite having a total of only seven episodes across the space of two seasons and a Christmas special, Black Mirror quickly became one of Channel4‘s most talked about shows. It was met with both critical acclaim and a cult fandom that fell in love with its dark storylines and scathing but fiercely accurate portrayal of humanity’s flaws. After achieving international success when it was released online, future seasons were purchased by Netflix and the conversation surrounding the show got a whole lot more exciting. With a bigger budget put into the hands of creators Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones, the show’s potential skyrocketed. (more…)

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For many cosplayers, creating costumes is about paying tribute to as many of your favourite characters as you can. For others, it’s about finding something you’re really good at, something you love, and honing your ability to create it until you could be mistaken for the real thing. Katie Sheddock is one such artist. She started consplaying in her teens and soon found it to be a great outlet for her love of zombies. Over the past few years, she has experimented with materials and styles to join the ranks of the walking undead. At the first ever Walker Stalker Con UK, she was spotted and her face is now emblazoned across the promos for next year’s event. (more…)

Found Footage Horror: 6 Tips To Save The Sub-Genre

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With the recent resurgence of The Blair Witch Project, the film which many refer to as the original Found Footage trend-setter back in 1999, the sub-genre is in the media spotlight again and is, as usual, under scrutiny. From late-night Skype chats with demonic interruptions and documentaries gone wrong, to home videos turned into snuff films and reality TV night-vision nightmares, Found Footage offers many different ways to scare us. Utilizing consumer technology, and often produced on a fraction of a normal film budget, the sub-genre has brought many talented filmmakers out of the woodwork, bringing creative new filmmaking techniques with them, and new and horrifying ways to terrify audiences. But as a trend that started as something so innovative and shocking, Found Footage’s reputation has arguably plummeted in recent years. A common complaint from horror fans today is that Found Footage has become too predictable and limited – and is just not that great any more. So what now?

Interestingly, numerous fans have attempted to write their own ‘guidelines’ designed to help future FF filmmakers avoid making the same mistakes that have consistently irritated viewers. Here our own 6 key tips for saving the sub-genre…

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If you’re anything like me, then you have spent the vast majority of the summer months discussing at great length all of the possible “what if,” scenarios about whose gray matter was going to see the light of day during the opening minutes of the Walking Dead season premiere this past Sunday. You also probably mapped out all the different paths the show would have to take depending on who they decided on. Some of you were way off, (you knew Daryl wasn’t going to bite it! Come on!) some of you were close, if not spot on. That’s all behind us now. Creatives Scott Gimple, Robert Kirkman,and Greg Nicotero have decided on the path they are going to take us on and the journey has begun. Tragically, that meant the brutal death of not one but, two beloved characters. Yes, they’re dead. No, this is not a dream. Their heads no longer exist.  (more…)

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You know what’s totally heinous?  Being reminded how old you are. But, hey, that’s what happens when reflecting on pop culture classics of yesteryear. If you’re a child of the 80’s/early 90s’, and remember Bill and Ted, then you’re an old dude (or babe). It’s been a whopping 27 years (Whoa!) since rockin’ nitwits Bill S Preston Esquire and Ted Theodore Logan hopped in a phone booth and traveled through time, meeting up with historic figures like Genghis Khan, Socrates (pronounced in Bill & Ted speak as “So Crates”), Billy The Kid, Abe Lincoln, Joan of Arc and Napoleon. And, 25 years, since their follow up sequel Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey, which saw the happily dimwitted duo go the hell (literally) and back.

Regardless of the passage time, and despite the long promises of a 3rd movie from actors Keanu Reeves and Alex Winters, the fandom for Bill and Ted  is still strong. So much so, that NECA, purveyors of toys and collectibles from the hottest IPs, have released a most triumphant figurine boxed set. (more…)